Post High School Program
The Montana School for the Deaf & Blind’s Transition Program prepares high school students for life beyond school. The program offers the training and experience they need to develop independent living skills and basic employment skills.
Whether the transition is to post-secondary education, technical training, or employment, students benefit from the program’s instructional class work, functional application of skills, career exploration and planning, and work experience. The IEP (Individual Education Program) for each student shapes his or her Transition program according to individual need. Some students may participate in an extended transition program that continues beyond high school.
Classes cover employability, career exploration, life skills, consumer math, financial management, domestic management, health enhancement, self-help/self-advocacy, interpersonal relationships, and leisure/recreation.
Work experience begins on campus where students develop a work ethic and basic communication skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Most students are then given opportunities to work off-campus in public or private sector work settings. As needed, students receive job coaching and interpreter support until they reach maximum independence with their work assignment.
Students may explore off-campus opportunities through interest inventories, field trips, job shadowing, and guidance and counseling.
The Transition Program, working in conjunction with personnel from Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Blind and Low Vision Services, assists students in college and career choices. Older transition students often attend local post secondary institutions such as Montana State University, Great Falls College of Technology; Montana State University, Northern; and the University of Great Falls.